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Start Date: Monday, June 11, 1973 3:05 AM
End Date: Monday, June 11, 1973 3:35 AM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Colson, Charles W.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On June 10, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 11:05 pm to 11:35 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 040-003 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 40-3 Date: June 10, 1973 Time: 11:05 pm - 11:35 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Charles W. Colson. President’s schedule -Florida -2- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. March-2011) Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d) -Economics -Vietnam negotiations -Paris -Leonid I. Brezhnev Press relations -Television [TV] -Print -Soviet summit -Economic controls President’s visit to Florida -[Florida Technical] University -Melvin R. Laird and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Roles on White House staff -Significance -President’s influence -Laird’s return to the White House staff Watergate -New York Times -Colson’s interviews -Dan Rather -[First name unknown] Sargent -Garrick Utley -Howard K. Smith -President’s knowledge -Colson’s anger -Samuel J. Ervin, Jr. Committee hearings -Possible appearance by Colson -President’s attention -Maurice H. Stans -Jeb Stuart Magruder -John W. Dean, III -Colson -Dean -Transactional immunity -Use immunity -Fifth Amendment -Effect -3- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. March-2011) Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d) -Use immunity -Consequences -Dean -Attack on Charles R. Richey -Reason -Picture in New York Times, June 10 -Antagonists -Colson -Dean -John D. Ehrlichman -New York Times stories -Missing files -Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -Colson’s interview -Possible warning to President concerning John N. Mitchell -President’s knowledge -Mitchell and senior aides -President’s views concerning campaign committee -Radio and TV coverage -Mitchell -Dean -Colson -Interviews -Knowledge -President’s knowledge -Colson -Interviews -Conversations with President -President’s desire for full disclosure -Ervin Committee hearings -Possible appearance -Interviews with staff -Subpoena of files -White House files -Brookings Institution -Colson’s place on witness list -Reason -Ervin Committee -Targets -4- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. March-2011) Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d) -President, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell -Haldeman, Mitchell -Mitchell -Possible testimony -Privilege or immunity -Mitchell -Magruder’s possible testimony -Dean -Possible transactional immunity from Archibald Cox -Use immunity -Dean -Statements -Approach -International Telephone and Telegraph [ITT] -Brookings Institution -Daniel Ellsberg case -Reasons -Possible deal with prosecutors -Ervin Committee hearings -Cox’s views on television -Possible effect on trials -Mitchell, Ehrlichman, Haldeman, Dean -Colson -National Broadcasting Company [NBC] interview -President’s involvement -Dean -Attorneys’ statements -Memoranda -Tapes -Haldeman and Ehrlichman -Possession of documents -Leaks -Ervin Committee -Colson’s interview with staff -Effects -Samuel Dash -Staff’s reaction -Prospects -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson’s statement, June 10 -Forthcoming Brezhnev Summit -5- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. March-2011) Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d) -Possible Ervin Committee testimony of Mitchell, Haldeman, and Ehrlichman -New York Times -Reaction of Colson’s friends in Middleburg -Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Mitchell appearances before Ervin Committee -Brezhnev -White House response -National economy -Brezhnev -Energy -Gasoline shortage -Economy -Foreign affairs -Effect on Watergate -President’s role -Colson’s role -Haldeman’s role -Ehrlichman’s role -Colson’s conversations -Robert J. Dole -Colson’s mail -Smith, American Broadcasting Company [ABC] -Dole’s mail -Watergate -June 10 “Meet the Press” appearance -Congressional attitude -Attacks on President -TV networks, New York Times, Washington Post -Hugh Scott’s statement -Jackson -Foreign policy views -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] and Jewish policy -Statement concerning Brezhnev, June 10 -Effect -J. William Fulbright -White House response -Popular opinion -Dole -Statements -Scott -6- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. March-2011) Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d) -Statement -Dean -Allegations concerning President -Role in White House -Conversations concerning the President -Time -Content -Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, Mitchell -Credibility -Washington Post, New York Times, TV networks -Image -White House portrayal -Desire for immunity -Fifth Amendment -Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, Mitchell -Colson -Smith interview -Calls from press -Reason -New York Times story coverage -TV networks -Invitation from “Face the Nation” -Withdrawal -New York Times story, June 10 -Effect on President, Mitchell -Chris Leyden [sp?] -Popular opinion -Newspapers -Mail -Colson’s conversation with Albert E. Sindlinger -Poll results -Jackson’s statement -White House response -Colson’s actions -Jackson’s statement -President’s handling -Ervin, Colson, Dean, Dash, Cox -President’s position -Dean -Actions -7- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. March-2011) Conversation No. 40-3 (cont’d) -Compared to James W. McCord, Jr. -Possible immunity -Image -New York Times image, June 10 -Role in White House -Knowledge